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Tampa Bay Rays trade Chris Archer to Pittsburgh Pirates

Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, and PTBNL come to the Rays.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Chris Archer show has aired its final season in Tampa Bay.

Ahead of the Tuesday trade deadline, the Rays traded their ace to the Pittsburgh Pirates, after much speculation as to which suitor club would be willing to give up the most in return.

Through six and a half seasons with the Rays major league team, Archer has been a dynamic, charming, and outspoken presence in the clubhouse. He’s a two-time All-Star, who has appeared in 179 games for the team. His career ERA is 3.69, his FIP 3.62, and a 1.230 WHIP round out his numbers with the team. He had arguably his best season in 2015 when he netted at 2.2 WAR and won a career high 12 games, with a 3.34 ERA.

There’s no doubt that Archer will be missed by his teammates and by Tampa Bay fans alike. May his rivalry with Astros mascot Orbit continue to burn bright.

In return, the Pirates will send outfielder Austin Meadows, right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, and a player to be named later.

Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows both ranked in Baseball America’s Top-25 prior to the 2017 season at No. 6 and No. 23 respectively. Having gotten intermittent time with the Pirates since then, Glasnow has five seasons remaining on his rookie contract as a Super 2, meanwhile Meadows was promoted just this year and should have six years remaining.

Archer is not the first pitcher to be moved prior to the deadline with the Rays also dealing Matt Andriese, Nathan Eovaldi, and Jonny Venters. Earlier Tuesday they made deals that brought Tommy Pham to the team and sent Wilson Ramos to the Phillies.

We will have more as the story develops.